Bellaire Historical Society
Bellaire, Texas



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2012-13 Program Schedule

Please join us the second Thursday of each month at Bellaire's CenterPoint Energy Community Center, 7001 5th St.
All meetings begin promptly at 6:30 pm.
September 13, 2012
Paul Downs
Longtime employee of Teas Nursery Co.
“Teas Nursery--A Legacy Growing on Every Street”


Teas Nursery was founded in Raysville, Indiana in 1843 and relocated to Bellaire in 1910. From then to its closing in 2010, Teas planted over 1,000,000 trees in Bellaire and Houston. Learn about the business and family that greened Bellaire.
October 11, 2012
James P. Bevill, CRPC
First VP-Investments, UBS Financial Services (River Oaks)
“The First Texas Navy 1835-1837”


In the throes of the Texas Revolution, the provisional government scrambled to put together a naval force to wreak havoc on Mexican supply lines. First using privateers, early 1836, Texas was later able to secure the warships Liberty, Invincible, Independence and Brutus. Learn the fate of Texas' first Navy at this exciting program.
November 8, 2012
Debbie Harwell, Ph.D.
Managing Editor, Houston History Magazine,
Ph.D. from University of Houston

“Stories Behind the Pages of Houston History Magazine


Share anecdotes behind the stories published and learn more about Houston History Project. Dr. Harwell illustrates the ways historic information is gathered and made available to the public.
December 13, 2012
Michael Bludworth
Volunteer for Historical Research, 1941 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport
“History of Commercial Aviation in Houston”


Houston and southeast Texas aviation starts in 1910 and has been one of constant expansion of airport facilities over the decades. A look back at the airlines, airports and Houstonians who helped the city take flight.
January 10, 2013
Genevieve Keeney
President, National Museum of Funeral History
“Only in Houston--National Museum of Funeral History”


Trip Advisor ranks this museum as among the top attractions in Houston. Learn how President Lincoln shadowed the father of modern embalming on Civil War battlefields. See how these same methods were later used to preserve Lincoln during his long funeral procession back to Springfield. Find out about papal burials and the Dia de Los Muertos traditions.
February 14, 2013
Betty Trapp Chapman
Columnist, Houston Business Journal "Houston Heritage" with over 300 articles,
Author of Houston Then and Now (2003), Houston Women (2000) and Remembering Houston (2010),
Past Chair, Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission

“Saving Houston's Built Environment”


During Houston's many boom periods the march into the future meant discarding the past. As a result we lost many historic buildings and uprooted our older neighborhoods. A look at what Houston has lost, what's been saved and the state of preservation today.

Please click here for a List of Historic Buildings from Ms. Chapman's presentation.
March 14, 2013
Jeffrey Mills
President of Io Communications,
Director of the Interstate Documentary Project

“Remembering the Era of Classic Movie Palaces: The Interstate Documentary Project”


The Interstate Documentary Project is designed to preserve an important part of motion picture theater exhibition history--the story of Interstate Theatres and founder and lifetime president, Karl Hoblitzelle. Jeffrey examines the current crossroads faced as the wrecking ball threatens classic movie palaces and as a new generation of movie watchers abandons the tradition of going out to the movies.
April 11, 2013
Philip Lee Montgomery
Associate Director, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Texas Medical Center Library
“Preserving the History of Medicine in Houston and Texas”


The McGovern Historical Collections is dedicated to preserving the history of medicine with a focus on Houston and Texas. In addition to his work at the Texas Medical Center, Mr. Montgomery is currently working with archivists in the U.S. and Japan to create a consortium of archives dedicated to preserving and improving accessibility to Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission records.
May 9, 2013
Annual Election and Dinner
“Tastes of Bellaire”


This is the time we share favorite dishes, elect officers and reminisce about Bellaire and its interesting history. Also, the Annual Bellaire Trivia Game will be played and valuable prizes awarded to people who really know their town!


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